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High Jumping to Conclusions

High Jumping to Conclusions

Friends, do I need to remind you how much I love the Olympic Games? You might remember my favorite Olympic moment or my dreams of being an Olympic athlete. My passion for the games has not subsided; in fact, check out my most recent purchase – a pair of Team USA Nike Air Max shoes. As always, my family and I have spent the past couple of weeks watching the Tokyo Summer Games with great interest. We’ve cheered for the athletes, marveled at their skills and accomplishments, and waited for inspirational moments like when Mary Lou

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Going for Gold – Celebrating 25 Years of Marriage

Going for Gold - Celebrating 25 Years of Marriage

Watching the Olympic Games from the comfort of your own home, you might imagine yourself in the shoes of an Olympic athlete; you daydream about standing on that podium and receiving a medal for becoming one of the top three athletes –worldwide– in your particular sport or event. The bronze would be great, the silver even better, and of course it would be incredible to get the gold! At least that’s how I imagined it, but I recently came across an article that proves that theory wrong. As it turns out, bronze medalists are

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The Great Mother’s Day Controversy

The Great Mother's Day Controversy

Is it just me, or does it sometimes feel as if every topic is now controversial?  I was racking my brains, trying to hit on a completely non-controversial topic to write about, and I came up with just two:  1) cute babies and 2) Mother’s Day. Surely, honoring our mothers is a safe topic, right? We can all agree that we wouldn’t be here without our moms and that our mother’s love played an essential role in our development? No, folks. It turns out that we cannot. You know who had the biggest problem

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Once A-Pawn a Time, In Hollywood

Once A-Pawn a Time, In Hollywood

Pastel blazers and loafers without socks made their debut on the style scene in the 80s thanks to Miami Vice. Hairstylists across the country grew familiar with “The Rachel” hairstyle as seen on Friends character Rachel Green. Infomercial products are now household names (Snuggie, anyone?). TV shows and movies have even influenced our food choices, from the early days of TV when Popeye the Sailor Man skyrocketed spinach sales, to more recent trends like when Stranger Things caused a wave of Eggo Waffle purchases. Yes, we can thank Hollywood for countless fashion trends, food

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Will the Real GOAT Please Stand Up?

Will the Real GOAT Please Stand Up?

It’s no secret that I’m not a Tom Brady fan, and if you’ve been a reader here for a while, you’ll know that I can give you 10 reasons why! He lies, he whines, he cheats, and just all-around gives sportsmanship a bad name. And of course, who could forget Deflategate? Of course, Tom Brady is on my mind because last week was the Super Bowl and now I’ve got one more reason to hate Tom Brady: everyone keeps calling him the GOAT. But I’ve got this to say about that: He’s not my

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Hindsight is 2020

Hindsight is 2020

Imagine if one of your greatest sources of entertainment was simply watching a man sit atop a flagpole for days on end. You might scoff, but this was a source of fun for thousands of people in the 1920s who were fascinated by Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly. Kelly, who purportedly began his pole-sitting career on a dare from a friend, attracted audiences of up to 20,000 spectators. People flocked to watch him sit on high perches, once for a record-breaking 49 days! Today, with so many sources of engaging entertainment accessible from the comfort of

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Chemical Safety By Choice, Not By Chance

Chemical Safety By Choice, Not By Chance

At Matchmaker Logistics, we’re always looking for ways to become even stronger service providers to our customer and carrier clients. And, we’re proud to announce that we’ve been named a Responsible Care® Partner with the American Chemistry Council. Most people don’t spend much time thinking about chemical spills – until one happens. But they happen several thousand times per year in states, counties, and cities all over the country. A 10-year-study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, spanning from 1999 to 2008, recorded a total of 57,975 acute incidents. The impact of

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Like a Runaway Train

Like a Runaway Train

As the Superheroes of Shipping, Matchmaker Logistics is always on the lookout for heroic acts of service, and this one is especially impressive: Lodi, California police officer Erica Urrea just happened to be in the right place at the right time, saving a man’s life with seconds to spare. The man’s wheelchair was stuck in the tracks as an oncoming train rapidly approached. Officer Urrea’s body cam footage shows her arriving at the scene and running to pull the man off the tracks to safety. The wheelchair didn’t make it, but the man sustained

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When Life Gives You Gators, Make Gatorade

When Life Gives You Gators, Make Gatorade

True story: In Leon County, Florida, social distance is measured by alligators. Local leaders launched a campaign reminding people to maintain a distance of at least one alligator between each other. For residents of the Panhandle, this is an easy visualization for six feet. In other parts of the country, we might say: stay a sofa, a mattress, or a car’s length away. But in Florida – and, right here in Wilmington, NC – it doesn’t take much to visualize a gator’s length. We have regular gator sightings on the Carolina coast. In fact,

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Oh Buoy, Here We Go Again…

Oh Buoy, Here We Go Again...

You may remember our first trip out with our pontoon boat last year, where my husband Dale (aka Flip, The Goat Killer) made a fast turn and flipped over the boat. It was enough drama to last for, well, at least a year. But, no. 2020 arrived with other plans. We’re just halfway through the year, and the events of the past six months sound like a list of unspeakable horrors: the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns, economic recession, job losses, fires, earthquakes, riots, locust attacks…and yes, Chapter Two of The Nicholas Family Boat Trips. Fatigued

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